The Music department is a creative hub of activity with a range of instruments explored and appreciated. Students are encouraged in their study of both practical elements, including ensembles and the development of performance skills, to written forms such as composing and the history and analysis of music repertoire. Music lessons are planned and delivered in line with the National Curriculum. Music is alive and thriving at the Convent and is a dynamic subject which provides students with a creative outlet for expression. It is an incredibly accessible subject. Students are encouraged to contribute to school life and in the performance opportunities that are cultivated through involvement in concerts and liturgical music support. Music enriches the soul and helps students to share in the family spirit which is so rich within our school community.
Students are offered a range of subsidised instrumental lessons with external teachers in a variety of different instruments.
These students work towards examination grades in their chosen instruments.
On offer: Singing, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Bass guitar, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Cello, Trumpet, Drums.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 music lessons are designed to enable students to both develop an appreciation for different genres of music, but also to develop a variety of different skills, both practically and academically. In Year 7 students will develop their knowledge of world music, alongside their singing and ukulele performance skills. Year 8 students will build on the foundation of their Year 7 knowledge and explore further their instrumental skills, developing their vocal skills through use of harmony and group singing, and will explore rhythm and blues music and the influence it has had on modern music.
In Year 7 and 8 assessment in music is both written and practical. Students are assessed on their written knowledge of music keywords, concepts, skills and evaluation. They are also assessed on their use of performance skills and their evaluative appreciation.
Key Stage 4
The curriculum follows the OCR Board syllabus which has been chosen for its eclectic approach to the study of music. 3 key skills of musicianship are covered in the course. Students will compose original music based on an exam board brief and a brief set by the student themselves. They will also develop the ability to perform as a soloist on a chosen instrument or voice and performing as part of an ensemble. Their listening and music theory skills will widen as they explore a wide range of repertoire based on the areas of study. These include the history of music from the Baroque era to modern day using the Concerto as a vehicle for exploring music, world music in which rhythm is the main focus for exploring music from all over the world, film music including music for programmes, films and video games and popular music from the 1950s to the modern day. Students will use the vehicle of song as a basis for exploring the different styles of popular music across the decades.
In addition, students are taught the rudiments of music theory based on staff notation and instrumental score and are taught to use the music technology programme for producing scores of their own original compositions. Lessons are balanced between practical and theory work.
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